My New Fishing Buddy

I kicked off my 2020 fly fishing season this afternoon, on Walker County Lake. Little did I know that this year’s opening for 2020 would be a memorable one. Why, because I would meet a little guy that was as excited as me to land fish. This eight-year-…

I kicked off my 2020 fly fishing season this afternoon, on Walker County Lake. Little did I know that this year's opening for 2020 would be a memorable one. Why, because I would meet a little guy that was as excited as me to land fish. This eight-year-old name James reminded me of my own grandchildren. James, his sister, and his parents were fishing for catfish and trout using redworms. The parents had landed a couple of catfish but no trout. When James saw me land a nice size trout he ran over close to me and wanted to get a closer look at the fish. His mom told me that he had never seen a trout up close and thank me for letting him touch the rainbow. I saw how excited he was so I told her and her husband that I would be happy to let him land the next three I hope to land. So James waited patiently while I landed my 4 limit trout per fisherman. 
James' little sister wanted to get in on the action; one proud little guy with his sister to offer encouragement! Congrats James on landing some quality trout.
Walker County Lake is beautiful this time of the year. We've had a lot of rain lately causing the water level to be quite high. Even with all the overflow the lake still stays super clear. I'm looking forward to landing some supersize bluegill starting early March on this outstanding bluegill lake!! 

This and That

Winter is a slow time of the year for me especially if the weather conditions aren’t suitable to wet a fly. On those days that I’m cooped inside; my time is spent doing quick workouts at the gym, reading blogs, Ancestry work, watching fly fis…

Winter is a slow time of the year for me especially if the weather conditions aren't suitable to wet a fly. On those days that I'm cooped inside; my time is spent doing quick workouts at the gym, reading blogs, Ancestry work, watching fly fishing videos and just maybe a trout fishing outing. This past Thursday was one of those rare fishing trips. Thursday was the only day I could go because of other jobs and things my wife had planned for us as Christmas gets closer. 
The caretaker at the lake told me he was closing Thursday evening after me and a few other fishermen left. The lake opens again the middle of January. So Thursday would end my fly fishing on Walker County Lake for another year. I assured him I would be back in January if the weather would cooperate. 
This one rainbow made the few hours fished a success. Released back into the lake for someone else to land in 2020!!
Cathey and I got to make a trip back in October through the New England area. We scheduled the trip so we could witness some of the spectacular foliage that occurs each year in the area. Vermont top the list of states we visited with some of the prettiest foliage. 
In full form in Manchester Vermont. 
The scenic Batten Kill river flowing through the small town of Manchester Vt. Wish I could have fished this awesome looking river.
Portland Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth Maine
Rock formation along the shores in Cape Elizabeth; the boulders actually look like petrified wood.
 The largest house on the Kennedy Compound where Ethel Kennedy still lives. Two other houses are on six acres of waterfront property on Cape Cod along Nantucket Sound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. We couldn't believe we got this close to the big house before security waved us away, quite an experience! This is a trip we had been planning for years and was glad we were able to make it during great weather. 

Guided DIY Fly Fishing Patagonia Argentina and Chile: We Do Fishing!

Today’s Blog PostIn 1999, for 12 months, I DIY hiked and fished from Tierra del Fuego to Columbia, and from the Galapagos Islands to Brazil.  Since then, I have returned many times, managed a lodge, and now offer Argentina and Chile fish…

Today's Blog Post


In 1999, for 12 months, I DIY hiked and fished from Tierra del Fuego to Columbia, and from the Galapagos Islands to Brazil.  Since then, I have returned many times, managed a lodge, and now offer Argentina and Chile fishing programs.

As far as I know, I was the first to start a Patagonia guided DIY fishing business.  When I started, I purposely chose not to repeat or copy any existing Patagonia business models, books, films, or other.  Instead, I chose to create a team of real, DIY hearted people/guides.  Like me, no one on my team is a paid model, filmmaker, or pro-team member.  We have no desire to be social media fishing celebrities, or big dog booking agents.  You won't see us at shows, in films or magazines, pimping a lifestyle.  We simply take people fishing, and clients love what we do!

"Our services and pricing are in the middle -- between lodge and pure DIY anglers (i.e., dirt sleepers, who never hire guides).  We offer value for independent travelers/anglers, who prefer limited assistance, yet desire the very best fishing experiences via pro-guiding."  

Our clients...

- Fish with DIY expert, real people/pro-guides

- Save up to 50% vs. lodge services
- Fish between 8-12 hours per day
- Fish best waters at best times (maximum flexibility)
- Combine walk-wade, float, and camping
- Prefer no wine-dine services (no 1-2 hour shore lunch)
- Opt to bring their own food/beverage (we have iced coolers)
- Freedom to explore town activities, restaurants, bars, etc

How...  

We greet you at the airport; You stay anywhere in town; We offer a brief tour of the town (e.g., fishing license, grocery store, bank, ATM, bars/restaurants, etc).  Then we FISH -- it's that simple.

We offer In-Season and Off-Season Pricing
for 

2019/2020 Argentina and Chile Fly Fishing Season
November 1st to May 31st

Guided DIY Locations-Species


Junin de los Andes, Argentina.  Brown, Rainbow, Brook Trout
Rio Gallegos Argentina: Sea Run Brown Trout
Northern Argentina/Uruguay/Paraguay: Golden Dorado



















Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.  King Salmon



















Rio Santa Cruz, Argentina. Steelhead


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Feel free to request pricing via email, and we are happy to answer questions via video or cell phone calls.

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USA: +1-603-315-8800 (Colorado, MDT)